Movable Heating Or Cooling Surface Patents (Class 165/86)
  • Patent number: 10921015
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a heating, ventilation, and/or air conditioning (HVAC) system including a heating coil and an actuation system configured to couple to the heating coil. The actuation system is configured to rotatably position the heating coil in a first orientation crosswise to an airflow path in a heating mode, and rotatably position the heating coil in a second orientation substantially removed from the airflow path in a cooling mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Vinoraj Rajendran, Mujibul R. Mohammad, Anil V. Bhosale, Ganesh S. Devkhile
  • Patent number: 10744843
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are air-conditioning systems for a vehicle for a battery, which can control temperature of the vehicle or the battery by delivering air cooled through a first evaporator of a cooling and heating module or air heated through a condenser to a supply side (toward a passenger or a battery). The cooling and heating module includes: a compressor; the condenser; an expansion valve for controlling a flow of the refrigerant condensed in the condenser; the first evaporator for evaporating the refrigerant supplied through the expansion valve; a first-first blowing unit for blowing air through the first evaporator; a first-second blowing unit for blowing air through the condenser; and a discharge duct for selectively delivering the air supplied through the first-first blowing unit and the first-second blowing unit toward the passenger by opening and closing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: HANON SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Jong-Bo Won, Tae-Yong Park, Yong-Nam Ahn, Sung-Je Lee, Se-Min Lee
  • Patent number: 10684044
    Abstract: A magneto-caloric thermal diode assembly includes a magneto-caloric cylinder. A plurality of thermal stages is stacked along an axial direction between a cold side and a hot side. A heat exchanger includes a cylindrical stator positioned at and in thermal communication with the cold side or the hot side of the plurality of thermal stages. A cylindrical rotor is spaced from the cylindrical stator by a cylindrical gap. The cylindrical rotor is configured to rotate relative to the cylindrical stator about a rotation axis. A shearing liquid zone is defined between a surface of the cylindrical stator that faces the cylindrical gap and a surface of the cylindrical rotor that faces the cylindrical gap when the cylindrical gap is filled with a liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Goodman Schroeder
  • Patent number: 10632449
    Abstract: A method of mixing using a tubular reactor wherein process material continuously passes through the tubular reactor which is operating at predetermined reaction conditions. The tubular reactor is rotated through reciprocating arcs about the longitudinal axis of the tube as the process material passes therethrough. Static and/or dynamic mixers or agitators may be provided within the tubular reactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ashe Morris Ltd.
    Inventor: Robert Ashe
  • Patent number: 10578342
    Abstract: This invention aims to dramatically reduce the use of electricity in refrigeration equipment by reusing the energy, otherwise rejected, in conventional refrigeration units. This enhancement compression refrigeration cycle would revolutionize the refrigeration industry and would be conducive to a lesser carbon footprint impact on global warming. It consists of 3-fluid Loops that would maximize the use of the heat from conditioned or refrigerated room that gets expelled into the environment by conventional refrigeration units, thereby channeling this energy to improve the efficiency of refrigeration/air conditioning machinery by utilizing expelled energy that would otherwise be wasted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventor: Ricardo Hiyagon Moromisato
  • Patent number: 10500994
    Abstract: A temperature controlled ventilation system for a vehicle seating assembly which includes a thermoelectric module. A thermoelectric device is disposed within a housing which includes a first chamber, a second chamber, an inlet port, a first outlet port disposed in the first chamber, and a second outlet port disposed in the second chamber. An inlet tube is coupled to the inlet port. An air mover is used for moving air through the inlet tube, into the inlet port and into the first and second chambers. The thermoelectric device is selectively and alternatively operable to cool air in the first chamber and to heat air in the second chamber or to heat air in the first chamber and to cool air in the second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alan George Dry, Johnathan Andrew Line
  • Patent number: 10488125
    Abstract: The invention relates to improvements of a heat exchanger, particularly a scraping heat exchanger having an outer cylinder comprising a first wall having a smooth circle-cylindrical inner side, and an inner cylinder positioned concentrically within it. The improvements regard a simple detachable inner cylinder, a heat exchanger with lid including a fluid barrier, a heat exchanger with a tangential output, and a method and heat exchanger adapted for improved evacuation of a product chamber of a heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: TERLET B.V.
    Inventors: Niels Ter Huurne, Ronald Buitenhuis, Gerardus Cornelius Maria Van Der Ven, Franciscus Johannes Cornelis Smeltink, Gerrit Hendrik Van Aartsen
  • Patent number: 10426183
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for continuous manufacture or recovery of meal and oil from organic material. More specifically the present invention relates to a device and a method for regulating the energy usage and distribution of energy within the system for maintaining continuous production of meal and oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: HEDINN HF
    Inventor: Gunnar Palsson
  • Patent number: 10323540
    Abstract: A fluid cooling system for use in a gas turbine engine including a fan casing circumscribing a core gas turbine engine includes a heat source configured to transfer heat to a heat transfer fluid and a primary heat exchanger coupled in flow communication with the heat source. The primary heat exchanger is configured to channel the heat transfer fluid therethrough and is coupled to the fan casing. The fluid cooling system also includes a secondary heat exchanger coupled in flow communication with the primary heat exchanger. The secondary heat exchanger is configured to channel the heat transfer fluid therethrough and is coupled to the core gas turbine engine. The fluid cooling system also includes a bypass mechanism coupled in flow communication with the secondary heat exchanger. The bypass mechanism is selectively moveable based on a temperature of a fluid medium to control a cooling airflow through the secondary heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Mohammed El Hacin Sennoun
  • Patent number: 10185359
    Abstract: To provide a docking device capable of securing heat dissipation performance of a portable information apparatus while extending the function of an electronic apparatus in which an extension unit is mounted on the portable information apparatus, and an electronic apparatus system having the docking device. A docking unit that has a docking portion capable of docking an electronic apparatus in which a mounting surface of an extension unit is detachably mounted on a back surface of the portable information apparatus, a holding portion holding the portable information apparatus at a predetermined position in a docking direction when the electronic apparatus is docked with the docking portion, and a forcibly moving portion forcibly moving the extension unit in the docking direction when the electronic apparatus is docked with the docking portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Fusanobu Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10154613
    Abstract: An electronic device and a heat dissipation structure thereof are provided. The electronic device comprises a first shell body; a second shell body, mutually pivoted with the first shell body; and a heat dissipation structure, including a first heat conducting member and a second heat conducting member, wherein the first heat conducting member is disposed in the first shell body and extended with a first arc-shaped piece, the second heat conducting member is disposed in the second shell body and extended with a second arc-shaped piece, and the second arc-shaped piece is arranged to be thermally in contact with the first arc-shaped piece and capable of sliding and rotating relative to the first arc-shaped piece. Accordingly, thermal energy can be transferred from the shell body having a heat unit to the other shell body, thereby increasing the heat dissipation efficiency of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventors: I-Yung Lin, Po-Chih Liu, Wen-Tang Chen
  • Patent number: 10111366
    Abstract: A cooling system includes a first heat exchanging component configured to connect to a heat source and obtain heat of the heat source by heat transfer, to dissipate heat of the heat source; and a first pipe configured to connect to the first heat exchanging component and a second heat exchanging component and form a loop between the first and second heat exchanging components, and to transfer the heat obtained by the first heat exchanging component to the second heat exchanging component via the loop. A first position relationship is provided between the first heat exchanging component and the second heat exchanging component, to allow a cooling liquid in the first pipe to automatically flow into the second heat exchanging component after the cooling liquid exchanges heat with the first heat exchanging component, to transfer the heat generated by the heat source to the second heat exchanging component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignees: Beijing Lenovo Software Ltd., Lenovo (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jui-Chan Fan, Jeng-Ming Lai
  • Patent number: 10052985
    Abstract: A temperature conditioning module 6 having an integrated waste heat cooling circuit, comprising; a housing 10 having at least one air inlet 12 and a first 16 and second 20 spaced apart air outlets, one or more motor driven impellers 40A, 40B, one or more fluid recirculation pumps 52: one or more thermoelectric devices 80 that is located in the first passage 14 of the housing between the one or more motor driven impellers and the first air outlet 16, one or more heat exchangers 54 that is located in the second passage 18 of the housing, between the at least one motor driven impeller and the second air outlet 20; and a fluid circulation circuit 50 that is contained entirely within the housing, and passing fluid in thermal communication with the waste side of the one or more thermoelectric devices 80 to thereby absorb at least a portion of the waste heat and then to expel it to the heat exchanger 54.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: Scott Wolas
  • Patent number: 9791501
    Abstract: Examples of thermal contact devices and methods are shown. Compliant thermal contact devices are shown that include interleaved conducting structures to provide a high thermal conduction contact area. Selected examples include a thermal interface material located at the interleaved interface between the conducting structures. Selected examples also include designs for alternate chip orientations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Diglio, David W. Song
  • Patent number: 9610622
    Abstract: The application is directed to a device (1, 1?) for cooling a roll (2), in particular a working roll (2) for rolling rolling stock (3), wherein the device comprises a cooling shell (50, 60) which lies opposite at least one part region of the circumference of the roll surface for forming a cooling gap (5) between the part region of the roll surface and the cooling shell (50, 60), through which cooling gap (5) cooling fluid can flow, and a lever (40, 44) which can be pivoted about a suspension point (8, 48), can be pivoted in the direction of the roll surface and is connected rotatably to a first half (51, 61) of the cooling shell (50, 60) as viewed in the circumferential direction (U) of the roll (2), wherein the cooling gap (5) can optionally be reduced in size or enlarged by pivoting of the lever (40, 44).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: SMS GROUP GMBH
    Inventors: Johannes Alken, Matthias Kipping, Ralf Seidel, Torsten Mueller
  • Patent number: 9423676
    Abstract: A lighting unit and an image projector that cool a drive source that drives a color wheel favorably and prevents dust from collecting on the color wheel are provided. The lighting unit includes a color wheel that divides light from a light source into colors different from each other time-divisionally, a drive source that drives the color wheel such as a color motor, and an optical device that illuminates light that passes through the color wheel on an image generating device such as a DMD that generates a projection image. The lighting unit includes a cooling device that draws heat from the drive source to cool the drive source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Tsuchiya, Tetsuya Fujioka, Hideo Kanai, Masamichi Yamada, Yasunari Mikutsu, Naoyuki Ishikawa, Akihisa Mikawa
  • Patent number: 9409264
    Abstract: According to embodiments of the invention, a structure for cooling electronic components may be provided. The structure may include a heat sink having a plurality of parallel heat conducting elements. The structure may also include a plurality of fans, wherein the fans are interleaved with the heat conducting elements. The structure may also include a drive shaft passing through the heat conducting elements and the fans, wherein the drive shaft rotates the fans in relation to the heat sink. According to other embodiments, the structure may include a baffle located on a side of the heat sink in an upstream location within an airflow stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Don A. Gilliland, David B. Johnson, Phillip V. Mann
  • Patent number: 9291402
    Abstract: This invention provides a heat exchanger (2) which has an elongate heat exchange element (4). The heat exchange element (4) has a substantially cylindrical structure with a first end and a second end and the length of the element (4) is greater than the diameter. A plurality of elongate flow paths extend between the first end and the second end. A first inlet (8) and a second outlet (14) are disposed in the first end and a first outlet (10) and a second inlet (12) are disposed in the second end. The first inlet (8) and first outlet (10) define a first flow path and the second inlet (12) and second outlet (14) define a second flow path. The heat exchanger is provided with a motor (16, 18) for rotating the cylindrical structure and the rotation of the cylindrical structure (4) moves the elongate flow paths from the first flow path to the second flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventor: Howard Atkin
  • Patent number: 9261100
    Abstract: Systems and methods described herein are directed to rotary heat exchangers configured to transfer heat to a heat transfer medium flowing in substantially axial direction within the heat exchangers. Exemplary heat exchangers include a heat conducting structure which is configured to be in thermal contact with a thermal load or a thermal sink, and a heat transfer structure rotatably coupled to the heat conducting structure to form a gap region between the heat conducting structure and the heat transfer structure, the heat transfer structure being configured to rotate during operation of the device. In example devices heat may be transferred across the gap region from a heated axial flow of the heat transfer medium to a cool stationary heat conducting structure, or from a heated stationary conducting structure to a cool axial flow of the heat transfer medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Sandia Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffrey P. Koplow
  • Patent number: 9217370
    Abstract: A micro-turbine engine, consisting of at least a compressor, combustor, and turbine, is a complicated fluid flow device that controls the flow rate and thermodynamic properties of a working fluid in order to generate shaft power. Existing micro-turbines are costly to manufacture because they are designed with sophisticated contours and exotic materials. The present invention discloses a method for designing a micro-turbine with stacked layers of structure, each of which is designed with vertically simple geometry such that it can be manufactured using conventional machining technology. The resulting micro-turbine is low cost compared to existing alternatives in the target range of power outputs and applications. The present invention also describes a method for connecting the micro-turbine to an electrical generator to generate power. Lastly, the method for designing the micro-turbine is applied to heat exchangers, Rankine engines, fluid mixers, and other fluid flow devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Dynamo Micropower Corporation
    Inventors: Ivan Wang, Jason Ethier, Hardy Shen
  • Publication number: 20150122458
    Abstract: A rotary exhaust heat recovery apparatus may include an exhaust gas pipe including a bypass path into which a high-temperature exhaust gas is introduced and bypassed and an extension part extending from a side of the bypass path in a semi-cylindrical shape to allow the exhaust gas to pass and a semi-cylindrical heat exchanger rotatably accommodated within the exhaust gas pipe, allowing heat exchange to be performed between the high-temperature exhaust gas supplied from the bypass path and a low-temperature coolant introduced through a coolant inlet, in which a side surface of the heat exchanger includes a diameter surface formed as a flat surface and an arc surface formed as a curved surface, and the diameter surface of the heat exchanger has a surface with a rotation axis of the heat exchanger as a reference thereof which is closed and another surface provided with exhaust gas inlets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jong-Ho SEON, Ho-Chan AN
  • Patent number: 8978747
    Abstract: A datacenter may use heat collected from a heat exchanger at the exhaust portion of a cooling system to heat inlet louvers for an atmospheric intake. The louvers may have fluid passages through which heated fluid may pass and cause the louvers to heat up. The heated louvers may operate during periods of snow, rain, high humidity, or other conditions to eliminate condensation, snow and ice buildup, or other problems. In some embodiments, a liquid may be passed through the louvers, while in other embodiments, heated air or other gas may be passed through conductive paths in the louvers. In a heated air system, holes in the louvers may allow the heated air to enter the incoming airstream to regulate the incoming temperature to the datacenter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Eric C Peterson, Christian L. Belady
  • Patent number: 8919143
    Abstract: An air-cooling apparatus is provided which includes an air-cooling wall cooling airflow passing through an electronics rack(s) of a data center. The air-cooling wall is disposed separate from and in spaced relation to the air inlet or air outlet side(s) of the electronics rack(s), and includes a wall panel support structure disposed separate from the electronics rack(s), which supports one or more slidable wall panels. The slidable wall panel(s) includes an air-to-liquid heat exchanger slidably supported and disposed in spaced relation to the air outlet or air inlet side of the electronics rack(s). The heat exchanger extracts heat from air passing across the heat exchanger and is slidable within the support structure in a direction transverse to the direction of airflow through the rack(s). Slidable support of the heat exchanger by the support structure facilitates access to the air outlet or air inlet sides of the electronics rack(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Lenovo Enterprise Solutions (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Eric A. Eckberg, David P. Graybill, Madhusudan K. Iyengar, Howard V. Mahaney, Jr., Roger R. Schmidt, Kenneth R. Schneebeli
  • Patent number: 8911231
    Abstract: A substrate-treatment installation includes a vacuum chamber, a substrate treatment device within the vacuum chamber, a substrate transport device within the vacuum chamber for guiding a substrate along a longitudinal direction in a substrate transport plane past the substrate treatment device, and a device for controlling substrate temperature. The substrate temperature controlling device includes a heat-absorbing cooler on one side of the substrate transport plane and an insulation member selectively displaceable between at least two different positions to vary extent of thermal shielding of the heat-absorbing cooler relative to the substrate transport plane by the insulation member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: VON ARDENNE Anlagentechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Hubertus Von Der Waydbrink, Thomas Meyer, Michael Hentschel, Reinhardt Bauer, Andrej Wolf, Hans-Christian Hecht
  • Publication number: 20140287091
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for forming and cooling gum, the system including a forming system configured to size the gum to include a substantially uniform thickness, a cooling device that is disposed in-line with the forming system and configured to continuously receive the gum from the forming system at an entry point of the cooling device, and a multi-pass conveying system configured to continuously transport the gum from the entry point to an exit point of the cooling device, the forming system and the cooling device being configured to form and cool the gum to be in a condition for stacking or collecting upon exiting the exit point of the cooling device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Bharat Jani, Leonard Scarola, Miles Van Niekerk, Krishna Adivi, Jesse Kiefer, Hendrik Eyselee
  • Publication number: 20140251578
    Abstract: The adjustable heat exchanger provides precise control of oven temperature in a pyrolysis reaction. The heat exchanger includes two sets of hollow non-circular discs, the discs of a movable set being interleaved with the discs of a stationary set. A first working fluid circulates through a heat source oven and through the hollow stationary discs, and a second working fluid circulates through the hollow rotating discs and a pyrolysis oven. The two fluids do not mix with one another, but are always completely separate from one another. Heat transfer depends upon the relative surface area of the rotary discs interleaved between the stationary discs. Minimum heat transfer occurs when the rotary discs are rotated to a position clear of the stationary discs, and maximum heat transfer occurs when the rotary discs are completely interleaved with the stationary discs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
  • Patent number: 8813833
    Abstract: To provide a heat exchanging device for powder, which is capable of suppressing as much as possible the compression force applied to an object to be processed and reducing the manufacturing man-hour (time), while ensuring the piston flowability of the object to be processed. In order to achieve this object, the present invention is a heat exchanging device for powder, which is configured such that a shaft 13 is rotatably supported within a horizontally long casing 1, that a plurality of heat exchangers 30 are disposed at predetermined intervals on the shaft, and that a heat exchanging medium is supplied into the heat exchangers via the shaft, wherein the heat exchangers 30 are formed as substantially hollow disk-shaped heat exchangers each having a notched recess 31 directed to a center from a circumferential edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Nara Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yorioki Nara
  • Publication number: 20140216687
    Abstract: A regenerative heat exchanger for transferring heat from the exhaust gas to the intake working fluid of a prime mover. Application includes gas turbines for both motor vehicles and distributed electric generation. The heat exchanger employs a rotating matrix, which circulates through working fluid exhaust and intake channels while absorbing and rejecting heat between the two channels. Features include corrugated tubes for enhanced heat transfer, minimally welded low stress construction, quick-detach assembly of standard components, and purge flow sealing using recovered heat. Effectiveness exceeding 95% increases thermal efficiency of low-pressure ratio gas turbines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Jay Stephen Kaufman
  • Patent number: 8783337
    Abstract: A system and method for producing surface deformations on a surface of a body. The system and method relate to changing the convective heat transfer coefficient for a surface. The system includes a first surface being a surface of a body exposed to a fluid flow and at least one actuator affecting deformation of the first surface. The system also includes a control system providing control commands to the at least one actuator, the control commands configured to change deformations on the first surface in order to change the convective heat transfer coefficient of the first surface. Further, the system includes a sensor providing environmental characteristic information to the control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Alistair K. Chan, Clarence T. Tegreene
  • Patent number: 8776952
    Abstract: A heat exchange system for use in operating equipment in which a working fluid is utilized needing a heat exchange system to provide air and working fluid heat exchanges to cool the working fluid at selectively variable rates in airstreams. The system comprises a plurality of heat exchangers including a first heat exchanger in the plurality of heat exchangers that is mounted with respect to the equipment so as to permit corresponding portions of the airstreams to pass through the core thereof during at least some such uses of the equipment. Also, a second heat exchanger is mounted with respect to the equipment so as to selectively permit corresponding portions of the airstreams to pass through the core thereof during such uses of the equipment. A core actuator is mounted with respect to the second heat exchanger to selectively increase or reduce the passing of those corresponding portions of the airstreams through the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Frederick M. Schwarz, Mikhail B. Gorbounov
  • Patent number: 8776869
    Abstract: A heat exchanger comprises a stack of mutually spaced apart plates. The plates are separated by respective spacings therebetween. Alternate spacings respectively provide a flow path for a first fluid and a second fluid. The heat exchanger further comprises a first header for inflow of the first fluid and a second header for outflow of the first fluid. The first and second headers are connected to the plate stack by flexible tubular ducting means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Hiflux Limited
    Inventors: David Barnes, Tanzi Besant, Albert Demargne, Keith Pullen
  • Patent number: 8757250
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling a temperature of a device. The apparatus includes a body (500) having a plurality of chambers (630) spaced substantially symmetrically about an axis of the body (500), wherein each of the plurality of chambers (630) comprises an upper diaphragm (635) and a lower diaphragm (640). The apparatus also includes a heat transfer element (515) attached to the body (500) via the plurality of chambers (630) such that the plurality of chambers (630) is in fluid communication with the heat transfer element (515).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Advantest Corporation
    Inventor: Larry Stuckey
  • Publication number: 20140150650
    Abstract: A gas-to-liquid heat exchanger is presented, where a gas is introduced directly to liquid. The liquid is exposed to the gas as a liquid film upon a series of rotating heat exchange surfaces partially submerged in a liquid reservoir. The liquid vaporizes and then re-condenses on subsequent heat exchange surfaces, such that heat is exchanged between the gas and the liquid. Particulates within the gas coalesce into the vaporized liquid and collect into the liquid reservoir as the vapor re-condenses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventor: Steven J. Walker
  • Patent number: 8739859
    Abstract: Reversible thermal rectifiers for selectively controlling the direction of heat flow include a plurality of asymmetrically shaped objects disposed in a fluid medium, wherein each of the plurality of asymmetrically shaped objects include a refractive side and a reflective side such that heat flows past the plurality of asymmetrically shaped objects when approaching from the refractive side, and heat is reflected from the plurality of asymmetrically shaped objects when approaching from the reflective side, and a bidirectional field actuator system that selectively orients the plurality of asymmetrically shaped objects between a first orientation, wherein the reflective sides of the plurality of asymmetrically shaped objects face a first direction, and a second orientation, wherein the reflective sides of the plurality of asymmetrically shaped objects face a second direction, substantially opposite the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Paul Rowe
  • Publication number: 20140124169
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of cooling electronic components when replacing a cooling device in an information technology system are disclosed. The apparatus may include first and second cooling device trays that may be slidably mounted within an information technology system. The cooling device trays may include one or more cooling devices that are movably mounted to the cooling device trays. The apparatus may pivot one or more of the cooling devices when a pivot member contacts a fixed member with the chassis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventors: Daniel P. Kelaher, William M. Megarity, John P. Scavuzzo
  • Patent number: 8701753
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for cooling a planar workpiece, such as a substrate of a recording disk, in an evacuated environment has a heat exchanging structure with at least two heat sinks having substantially parallel facing surfaces disposed within a vacuum chamber. A drive arrangement is connected to the heat sinks to controllably and dynamically drive the parallel facing surfaces of the heat sinks towards and away from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Chang Bok Yi, Tatsuru Tanaka, Paul Mcleaod
  • Publication number: 20140096934
    Abstract: A modular heat sink for LED luminaire may include at least two modular heat sink units, which are joined together in thermal communication with each other for use in the LED luminaire, such that the illuminating angle of the LED luminaire can be adjusted within a range of 0° to 180°.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: OSRAM GMBH
    Inventors: Huijun Xiong, You Chen, Hao Li, Xiaomian Chen
  • Patent number: 8636051
    Abstract: The present invention relates to heat exchangers, and more particularly to a heat exchange apparatus configured to operate in a free air stream. In an embodiment, a heat exchange apparatus configured to operate in a free air stream includes a heat exchange structure having a shape configured to conform to a body of a vehicle when in a stowed condition; and a deployment mechanism for moving the heat exchange structure to a deployed condition external to the vehicle. The heat exchange structure has a curved surface that is concave into the air stream when the heat exchange structure is in the deployed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Richard M. Weber, Gary Schwartz
  • Patent number: 8601792
    Abstract: An oil cooler is provided for a wall of an air flow passage of a gas turbine engine. The oil cooler has a heat exchanger with an oil conduit for carrying a flow of heated oil proximal to the wall of the air flow passage. The heat exchanger is arranged to transfer heat from the heated oil to the air flowing through the passage. The oil cooler further has a system for altering the flow of air across the heat exchanger such that the heat transfer effectiveness of the heat exchanger can be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce PLC
    Inventor: John A Mylemans
  • Patent number: 8534346
    Abstract: A modular, water-to-air heat exchanger with flexible tubes is adjustable in length to conform to different size cooling coils and thus provides an inexpensive, retro-fittable run-around heat recovery for pre-existing air handling systems. The heat exchanger comprises multiple heat exchange tubes formed of flexible material in a shape that permits them to be lengthened or shortened by simply moving the headers toward or away from each other. Preferably, the tubes are formed of a flexible, non-resilient material such as copper, and are shaped in a serpentine or helical manner. In this way, the tubes can be drawn out to elongate the heat exchanger or compressed to shorten it, depending on the dimension of the cooling coil in the air handler. One convenient way to control the length of the flexible tubes is to support the headers on one or more adjustment bars, each having a threaded adjustment mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: ClimateCraft Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Walter P. Mecozzi
  • Patent number: 8480900
    Abstract: A buoyant water heating device that may be used in a natural setting, such as a pond or lake, or in a man-made water-containing apparatus, such as a pool or water-treatment lagoon. The device comprises a water-filled, generally cylindrical anchor member coupled to a hollow, generally annular base member, and may he used alone or in combination with multiple other devices to create a free-floating blanket on the surface of the water. The device absorbs solar energy to heat water external to the device, and also provides a layer of thermal insulation between the water and the air above the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventors: Joseph P. Santamaria, Bruce J. Zarozny, Claude J. Chapdelaine
  • Publication number: 20130112370
    Abstract: A method for producing tablets containing ammonium nitrate, including dripping a product melt containing ammonium nitrate with a drop former having a rotating, pierced drum and a nozzle strip contacting an inner face of the pierced drum, so that the product melt is pressed through openings of the pierced drum. The method additionally includes placing the product drops on a circulating cooling conveyor belt, and solidifying the product drops during the transport on the cooling conveyor belt by cooling and removing the solidified product drops from the cooling conveyor belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Inventors: Hans-Kurt Schromm, Matthias Kleinhans
  • Patent number: 8418484
    Abstract: A heat exchanger for exchanging heat between gasses such as air and a liquid or gaseous coolant has narrow spacing between exchanger surfaces for high efficiency. To avoid undue obstruction of gas flow due to ice buildup on the exchanger surfaces, the heat exchanger is equipped with sensors to monitor the gas flow and an actuator that widens the spacing between exchanger surfaces such that gas flow remains unimpeded. Embodiments provide for defrosting of the exchanger surfaces when an limit on spacing of exchanger surfaces is reached, and for relaxing the spacing to the original narrow spacing when defrosting is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: The Trustees of Dartmouth College
    Inventors: Victor Petrenko, Charles R. Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20130043238
    Abstract: A solids heat exchanger (10) is in the form of a shell and tube arrangement having a shell section (11) through which heated oil (12) passes and a tube section (13). A screw conveyor (14) extends along its length and has a drive motor (15). Drill cuttings or other hydrocarbon contaminated materials are fed in through an inlet (16) and then conveyed along the tube (13) where heat transfer takes place. On exiting the tube (13) oil and water vapour rises and escapes through a first outlet (17) while the now cleaned drill cuttings or other materials fall through a second outlet (18) forming a discharge zone. The apparatus aims to reduce the oil content of the solids to less than 0.5%. The solids can then simply be disposed of. The base oil can be reclaimed and reused.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Inventor: William Curle
  • Patent number: 8365810
    Abstract: A heat sink includes a heat conducting base, a heat conducting shaft thermally connected to and rotating with respect to the base, and a plurality of fins. The shaft includes a heat absorbing section thermally connected to the base and a heat dissipating section connected with the heat absorbing section. The fins are disposed on the heat dissipating section of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignees: Fu Zhun Precision Industry (Shen Zhen) Co., Ltd., Foxconn Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shou-Biao Xu, Shi-Wen Zhou, Chun-Chi Chen
  • Publication number: 20130014928
    Abstract: An method of controlling thermal transfer between a first structure and a second structure may include a signal at a thermal switch. In response to receiving the signal at the thermal switch, a rotating plate may be rotated into one or more positions adjacent to a fixed plate to facilitate radiative thermal transfer between the rotating plate and the fixed plate. The rotating plate and the fixed plate may be in thermally conductive contact with respective ones of the first structure and the second structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventors: Gary D. Grayson, Mark W. Henley
  • Publication number: 20120267069
    Abstract: The invention relates to an air-conditioning box comprising a heat exchanger for regulating the temperature. The air-conditioning box is used especially in systems for cooling computer centers or servers. The special design of the heat exchanger allows energy costs to be reduced such that systems operating with the air-conditioning box of the invention use less energy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventors: Rene Seeliger, Bretislav Sklenak
  • Patent number: 8286696
    Abstract: A method of controlling thermal transfer between a first structure and a second structure includes sending a command signal to a thermal switch and actuating an electric motor in response to receiving the signal. The electric motor may move a first thermally conductive member toward and/or in contact with a second thermally conductive member. The first and second thermally conductive member may be in thermally conductive contact with respective ones of the first and second structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Gary D. Grayson, Mark W. Henley
  • Patent number: 8240360
    Abstract: One embodiment exemplarily described herein can be generally characterized as a heat sink for an electronic component. The heat sink may include a main body thermally contactable to an electronic component; at least one fin thermally contacted with the main body; and a confining member. The at least one fin and the confining member may be cooperatively engaged such that the at least one fin is moveable between a first position relative to a longitudinal axis of the main body and a second position relative to the longitudinal axis of the relative to the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyo-Jae Bang, Jung-Hyeon Kim
  • Patent number: RE44272
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for thermally conditioning and pumping a fluid. The system includes a thermoelectric heat exchanger having a thermoelectric device configured to pump heat. Heat exchangers are provided for transferring heat to and from the thermoelectric device and for generating a fluid flow across the thermoelectric device. The conditioned fluid may be placed in thermal communication with a variety of objects, such as a vehicle seat, or anywhere localized heating and cooling are desired. Thermal isolation may also be provided in the direction of flow to enhance efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Gentherm Incorporated
    Inventor: Lon E. Bell